West Indies built from their overnight score of 69/1 and maintained the intent of scoring on a slow and dead pitch. Darren Bravo (87) and Marlon Samuels (76) were amongst the runs after a solid and yet patient display of batting that left Pakistan frustrated at times.
At close of play, the visitors were 315/6 in the first Test in Dubai and hoping to reduce their deficit of 264 runs that still lay ahead of them.
Wahab Riaz struck two quick blows on West Indies with Yasir Shah also getting two.
STUMPS! After 109 overs, West Indies have put 315 on the board at the expense of six wickets. The visitors scoring 246 on the day and losing five wickets. Clearly the intent is to tire the Pakistan players out and bat as long as possible as it looks increasingly difficult for West Indies to hold on with the tail to follow and the pitch deteriorating. West Indies still trail by 246 but plenty of credit should go to Darren Bravo (87) and Marlon Samuels (76) for patient knocks.
GONE! Darren Bravo’s hunt for a hundred ends 13 runs short. Mohammad Nawaz picks up his maiden Test wicket. Spins in sharply from outside off and Bravo presses forward but inside-edges it to forward short leg, Azhar holds on. West Indies are 304/6 – and away from the follow on threshold
GONE! Wahab Riaz with a screaming delivery and Roston Chase can’t help but hope to fend it off. Short and bellowing on to the West Indies batsman who tries to play it off but can’t help but send it easily into Babar Azam’s hands. West Indies with two quick wickets lost to stand at 266/5
GONE! Wahab Riaz strikes! Short one by the Pakistan left arm seamer and Jermaine Blackwood tries to pull but only manages to glove it behind to Sarfraz Ahmed. It wasn’t good height to be pulled and Blackwood pays for his indiscretion. West Indies are 259/4
Sohail Khan with a full delivery to Jermaine Blackwood and it is beautifully played through square on the off side. Lovely stride forward and then flow of the bat to get that boundary. West Indies are 236/3
And we’re back after the dinner break. West Indies will resume at 211/3. Darren Bravo has looked in a good nick so far and he continues to hammer Pakistan bowlers.
Dinner Break! At Dinner break, West Indies are 211/3 with Darren Bravo on 56 and Jermaine Blackwood on 14. Another session belonging to West Indies and Pakistan should be happy with the wicket taken.
What a way to bring up 200 for his side. Jermaine Blackwood smashes Yasir Shah’s last delivery for a four. West Indies still trail by 376 runs with seven wickets remaining
Blackwood not taking any risk against Yasir Shah. West Indies one short of 200 mark.
GONE! Marlon Samuels walks back very gingerly. He’s been caught in front of the middle stump and there’s almost a disagreement over taking a review or not. After a long chat, he walks back. Sohail Khan breaks the 113 run partnership with Darren Bravo. That’s the first wicket for a seamer in the Test. But then again, there have only been six.
FOUR! Marlon Samuels slaps it hard on a Yasir Shah delivery which is way outside the off stump. Allows the West Indies batsman to free his arms and thump it through covers for a four
CHANCE! Marlon Samuels with a sigh of relief for sure. Offcutter outside off by Wahab Riaz and the West Indies batsman edges it to Sarfraz but it dies in front of him. Was a great chance but didn’t get the necessary momentum required to carry to the keeper.
CHANCE! Marlon Samuels belts a loopy delivery by Azhar Ali and the bowler tries to take it but the sheer venom makes it difficult. After some much needed treatment from the physio, he is taken off the field. Wahab Riaz to finish the over
Second official warning for Mohammad Nawaz for running on to the pitch. This time after completing his arm action and moving his left foot on to the middle of the pitch
Play underway in the second session. West Indies are going about calmly in their approach to things in this Test. The pitch helping them too as ball not doing much on this slow track.
TEA! And that is Tea on Day 3 of the first Test in Dubai. West Indies are 138/2 and still 441 runs behind Pakistan’s whooping 579/3 declared. Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo are unbeaten on 50 and 30 respectively. Only 79 runs coming from that session. West Indies clearly looking to be patient and bat this out.
Marlon Samuels pushes the ball through to the off side to pick up a single and bring up his fifty. Only his second in the last 17 innings
Back-to-back boundaries for Marlon Samuels at Sohail Khan’s expense. First ball he goes on the backfoot and plays it late for a square cut that goes to the boundary. Next one is pitched full and Samuels puts his weight into the drive and it goes racing away to the rope.
At the end of 40 overs, West Indies are 112/2. Darren Bravo ending a 15-ball spell of no run by picking up an easy single
Hundred up for West Indies as Marlon Samuels hits it towards mid-off for a single
FOUR! Bravo nicks it away from the body and the ball flies over the long slip fielder for a boundary.
Misbah brings in Wahab Riaz. Wahab replaces Mohammad Amir to bowl the 30th over.
Mohammad Amir sticking to basics as he continues to bowl good length deliveries to Samuels. West Indies 85/2
Marlon Samuels walks in and it looks as if he has come out with a plan, taking attack to the opposition
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq introduces Yasir Shah in the second over. And Yasir provides the first breakthrough, as he hits the top of the off stump and Brathwaite walks back after scoring 32
Kraigg Brathwaite 32* and Darren Bravo 14* to continue from where they left yesterday. Mohammad Amir to bowl the first over of Day 3
Pakistan continued from where they left off on day 1 of the first Test against the West Indies in Dubai and never let go. Azhar Ali continued his superb nick when facing the pink ball and raced off to an unbeaten 302 that helped Pakistan pile up 579 at the cost of three wickets before declaring.
In response, West Indies lost Leon Johnson in the final session of the day before Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo brought curtains without much of an issue.
When play commences on day 3, West Indies would be 69/1 and behind by 510 runs.